Lessons in character education: Incorporating neoliberal learning in classroom resources

Jerome, Lee and Kisby, Ben (2020) Lessons in character education: Incorporating neoliberal learning in classroom resources. Critical Studies in Education . ISSN 1750-8487

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/17508487.2020.1733037

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Abstract

This article examines a number of teaching resources produced by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, the leading centre for character education in the UK, in the light of the claim advanced by Kristján Kristjánsson, the centre’s deputy director, that various criticisms of character education are best regarded as ‘myths’. The analysis provided in this article highlights significant shortcomings with these teaching resources, suggesting that far from being mythical, concerns about character and virtue being unclear, redundant, old fashioned, essentially religious, paternalistic, anti-democratic, anti-intellectual, conservative, individualistic, and relative, would seem, at least in the resources produced by the centre at which Kristjánsson works, to be very well-founded.

Keywords:character education, moral education, citizenship education, individualism, Neoconservatism, neoliberalism, teaching resources, virtues
Subjects:X Education > X370 Academic studies in Education (across phases)
L Social studies > L200 Politics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:40118
Deposited On:10 Mar 2020 14:03

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